Who was Stoker Ernest Albert Leyland, V46538, RCNVR?

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Who was Stoker Ernest Albert Leyland, V46538, RCNVR?


According to the government records, Stoker Leyland was HMCS Owen Sound’s only casualty of World War II. Born on 16 Feb 1922 he was the son of Mrs. May Leyland of Vancouver, BC.  Ernest joined the RCNVR on 18 Aug 1942 and went on active service on 16 Jun 1943. He died in hospital in Londonderry, Northern Ireland from peritonitis on 25 Aug 1944 and was buried in the Londonderry City Cemetery, C. of E. Plot, Sect F, Grave 43. This information is from the book “Ultimate Sacrifice” Vol 3, Part 2, by Robert P. D’Aoust


Is that it? Is this his story? A young sailor who died in hospital during the war – away from family – to be forgotten over time. This is what I would have thought till I received an email from Alison Allen. Her grandmother and great-grandmother both knew Stoker Ernest Albert Leyland and this is their story.



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